Crafts are a good way to personalise a baby shower. Simple crafts can make a variety of baby shower elements -- from invitations to decorations and favours special. Crafts do not need to be complicated, but should reflect the tastes of the mother-to-be (or parents-to-be in the case of a couple's shower), and the theme, location and style of the baby shower.
Handmade invitations add a special touch to baby showers. Purchase plain white cards and pretty decorative papers in pastel colours or baby-themed prints. Cut out baby-related shapes like bottles, rubber duckies, and onesies from half of the decorative paper (use stencils or trace pictures if necessary). Cut the other half of the decorative papers into rectangles slightly smaller than the front of the card. Center and glue the paper rectangles onto the front of the card so a small white border shows, then centre and glue a cutout shape on top of the rectangle. Hand write the inside of the card with the who, what, when, and where party information, or use word processing software to print out the shower invitation information -- cut out and glue into the inside of the card.
Creative decorations add a special touch to baby showers. Make a toy block centrepiece for each table. Wrap cube-shaped boxes with white butcher paper or pastel wrapping paper. Paint letters onto the blocks, or decorate them with letters cut from construction paper. Or purchase toy doll strollers for centrepieces -- decorate them with pretty pastel ribbons and silk flowers.
Thank guests in style with crafty favours. Mints, candies, bath salts and other small items can be packaged in creative ways to add a special touch to a baby shower. Place small items in white cube-shaped boxes and decorate with letters on each side to resemble toy blocks. Another crafty and edible option is to bake and decorate cookies in shapes sticking with shower themes (umbrellas are a classic shower shape) -- place a cookie in a cellophane bag and tie with a pastel ribbon.
If you're planning assigned seating for your shower, make fun place cards. Purchase small cards (or cut them from card stock) and hand write or use word processing software to print the name of each guest and glue onto the cards, then decorate the cards with baby-themed stamps or stickers. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of the card and tie onto a purchased pacifier. Set a pacifier at each place setting as a place card. Pacifier place cards can also double as napkin rings. Alternatively, decorate and add names to purchased rubber duckies with paint pens.